Sports Medicine Research
Expertise in sports medicine requires more than treating top athletes and performing complicated procedures. We also have to be frontrunners in developing new treatments to continue providing the most advanced care possible.
At Wake Forest Baptist Health, we know even better how to treat common sports injuries because we are leading research initiatives to develop new treatments for them. Our dedicated physicians are investigating tissue engineering, nerve repair, running injuries and orthopaedic trauma.
- Cristin Ferguson, MD received a K08 Award from the National Institutes of Health for her research designing bioengineered meniscal replacements.
- Zhongyu Li, MD, PhD received a $2.2 million, four-year grant from the Department of Defense to evaluate the use of a bioengineered keratin hydrogel to serve as a filler for nerve conduits used in peripheral nerve repair.
- David F. Martin, MD is participating in a long-term study to evaluate the causes of injuries to runners. The TRAILS study is funded by a grant from the U.S. Armed Forces to aid in the treatment of injuries to our soldiers.
- Our orthopaedic department is participating as a CORE center for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), a multicenter consortium established with support from the Department of Defense to develop a network of clinical study sites to perform clinical outcome studies and provide treatment guidelines for managing high energy orthopaedic trauma in wounded warriors and civilians.